The Sutton love-fest

May 13th, 2011 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

With no dis-respect to Martyn Dunne, but his decision to turn down the job may have been the best thing to happen for Christchurch, as the praise for ’s appointment has been phenonomal.

On Twitter there have been hundreds of comments of praise. You can see a cloud of the most common terms here.

The Greens and Labour praised the appointment.

And William Mace at The Press has local reactions:

Former Christchurch mayor Garry Moore, who had called for Sutton to head the recovery effort, said the announcement was good news for the city.

“Roger Sutton is a guy who walks in ordinary people’s shoes. He understands the city, understands the people,” he said. “He’s got a good family and good networks. These are all the attributes we need to rebuild the city.”

Wigram MP and former mayoral candidate Jim Anderton said the appointment was “the best news I’ve had since the earthquake”.

“He is an incredibly good communicator. He tells it as it is. When he said the Orion cables were buggered, everyone understood it.”

Anderton praised Sutton’s management skills at “one of the best-managed corporations in the country”.

He said Sutton was a “quintessential Cantabrian”.

“We deserve someone who understands the ethos of the city – the anguish, the aspirations, the whole works,” Anderton said.

Christchurch Central Labour MP Brendon Burns said Sutton was an “excellent appointment”.

“He brings together shown leadership skills, a command of structural issues, a real capacity to engage with community leaders – I couldn’t think of a better choice,” he said.

Port Hills Labour MP Ruth Dyson gave Sutton “a 12 out of 10″, saying he had a “good strategic brain”.

“In his job as CEO of Orion he’s shown an amazing ability to keep people informed … Given what we need to do to recover strongly, he’s just perfectly positioned,” she said.

12/10 isn’t bad. I look forward to seeing Roger walk accross the Cook Strait.

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23 Responses to “The Sutton love-fest”

  1. buffalobob (14 comments) says:

    Good to see Labour and the left taking John Pagani’s advice!!

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  2. Elaycee (4,322 comments) says:

    Jeez – “Port Hills Labour MP Ruth Dyson gave Sutton “a 12 out of 10″, saying he had a “good strategic brain”.

    Clearly he also had a better grasp of maths at school that the former Labour Minister.

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  3. Jman (84 comments) says:

    hmmm the fact that so many pinkos are in love with this guy makes me wary

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  4. BeaB (2,074 comments) says:

    Oh dear. What happens when the honeymoon ends?
    Even this morning, his blather about giant CBD skating rinks and elevated buildings with rooftop gardens suggested something is already going to his head.
    Though I did like him talking about an energetic CBD. People who want open spaces, parks and gardens forget it’s the small places we want, especially when laden with shopping on a bleak Christchurch day.
    Victoria Square was usually empty during the day except for skaties. Melbourne scores with its tight city centre of lanes and streets, like other walkable cities like Milan.

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  5. PaulL (5,969 comments) says:

    He’s got a good family and good networks

    Yup, quintessential Christchurch.

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  6. Nookin (3,154 comments) says:

    Did Lianne say anything or was she too busy watching Coro St ?

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  7. YesWeDid (1,041 comments) says:

    Gosh DPF, yesterday it was a ‘good appointment’ and now its an over the top ‘love-fest’.

    Is this because you’ve just discovered he is a left leaning greenie who is also Robyn Malcolm’s brother-in-law?

    Robyn’s a bit of a kiwiblog favourite if I remember rightly.

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  8. Nookin (3,154 comments) says:

    What the fuck does Robyn Malcolm have to do with it?

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  9. backster (2,106 comments) says:

    All those leftwing endorsements leaves me worried too.

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  10. Coaster (6 comments) says:

    Is it worth opening a book on how many weeks it will be till they all turn against him?

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  11. PaulL (5,969 comments) says:

    YesWeDid: or is it because yesterday it was a good appointment. And today it appears to have turned into an over the top love fest? The two are not mutually exclusive.

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  12. kiwi in america (2,462 comments) says:

    Nothing sinister Jman and backster – even Labour sees the political sense in praising an excellent pick. They realise there’s little political upside for them at this early stage of the life of CERA particularly when so many in Christchurch just want to get on with the job of rebuilding. There’s plenty of time to pick holes in Sutton’s work later when he has to balance all the competing voices and visions for the new CBD. If anyone can achieve this difficult juggling act it will be Sutton.

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  13. YesWeDid (1,041 comments) says:

    @PaulL – no, I think DPF thought that Sutton was head of a large company and was picked by Brownlee so he must be a good-ole hard nosed right winger and therefore one of the boys.

    Instead Sutton cycles to work and dreams of green cycle-ways crossing Christchurch.

    Left wingers are meant to work for unions or be teachers, people who have never had a ‘real’ job, not people running billion dollar companies.
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    [DPF: Don’t be a f-wit and claim to know what I think. I don’t give a fuck what his politics are. I care about competence

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  14. labrator (1,821 comments) says:

    …over the top ‘love-fest’.

    You’re the only one saying it’s “over the top”. Partisan much?

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  15. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    He was earning 750 thousand per year at Orion , so what is he earning now? Ordinary CHCH person…yeah right we are all earning that kind of money.

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  16. tvb (4,234 comments) says:

    Sutton has one of the most difficult decisions on what to do with the CBD. I say scrap it as it is on unstable land. So let us see what he plans to do. Scrapping the present CBD brings into focus what sort of city CHCH is to become.

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  17. kiwi in america (2,462 comments) says:

    joana
    Quit the politics of envy crap. You pay peanuts you get monkeys! Sutton’s taken a $250k pay cut. You cannot attract the right talent unless you pay at least market rates. If you want to see what you get when socialists run things and think that managers should be paid the same as the workers you get the wasteland that Soviet Russia, Cuba and North Korea became.

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  18. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    What’s the official earnings threshold for ‘ordinary’ anyway?

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  19. ben (2,412 comments) says:

    Yep. Great. A really smart, good guy is now the lead planner for the recovery.

    The problem is not the personnel. It is the fact that the recovery is being planned. Cities are not the product of planning. They have planning. But they would and did emerge without planning. Their value is unrelated to planning. Sutton’s task is impossible. Cities are unimaginably complex and any attempt to plan one or part of one will produce a city that nobody wants and which doesn’t meet the needs of many of the people living in it. Let property owners get on with the rebuild and please get the awful planners out of the way.

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  20. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Kiwi in America
    Please stay there. Sutton’s voice is disgusting. People should have to be paid to listen to it but then speech lessons seem to have died out with the nuns.

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  21. Owen McShane (1,226 comments) says:

    A bad omen.
    Both the Regional and City Council have declined resource consent for three new subdivisions in Christchurch.

    The battle between planning and spontaneous order has begun.

    How can people get housed and employed if the supply of secure title is turned off?

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  22. Henry64 (81 comments) says:

    As a Christchurch resident myself, I also welcome his appointment. He is a person who gets things done and that is an essential quality for the head of CERA.

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  23. Henry64 (81 comments) says:

    @ Nookin, Jo Malcom (Robyn malcolm’s sister) is Sutton’s partner/wife.

    @ joana – bitter and twisted aren’t we? Or, is your ‘monthly friend visiting right now?

    The guy is taking a 200k cut to do a hell of a task. Good luck I say.

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